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Heroes of Long Term Care

OHCA's Heroes of Long Term Care program honors individual long-term care employees for their service to residents, the facility, and to their community. Heroes are nominated from long-term care facilities throughout Ohio.




Coldwater, Ohio Man Named August 2017 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Coldwater, Ohio Maintenance Assistant as its August 2017 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Gary Griesdorn, maintenance assistant at Briarwood Village, Coldwater, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for August 2017. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
 
Griesdorn will be featured on the OHCA website during the month of August, and will be recognized at the Association’s Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

"Gary is loved by our staff, our residents, and their families,” said Krysten Wynk, LNHA, CEAL, Director of Independent & Assisted Living. “He exemplifies the characteristics of person-centered care . . . we are lucky to have Gary.”

Griesdorn has served as maintenance assistant at Briarwood Village for 3 years. He worked for several large companies in their maintenance departments before joining the facility; a long-time resident of Coldwater he is a respected man-around-town and his positive reputation reflects on Briarwood Village. When the lawn area where facility residents normally go to watch the town parade was closed due to construction, Griesdorn opened his home and yard to residents and staff so they could enjoy the parade. 

“There is never a job that Gary isn’t willing to take on,” said Wynk. In his position he is often asked to do things that are tedious, but you will never find Gary complaining. He is truly here for our residents, and will do whatever he needs to make them feel at home here at Briarwood.”

The staff feels that the home-like culture is perfectly demonstrated when they hear the residents say “can you get ahold of Gary to come fix this?”, as opposed to the general request to have “maintenance” repair something. 

Griesdorn was nominated for this award for his countless hours of hard work and dedication, said Wynk. “Gary is truly our Hero of Long Term Care!”

Briarwood Village has proudly served the Coldwater community since 1974. Throughout this time the facility and staff have maintained, nurtured and enhanced a tradition that forms the very foundation of our approach to delivering our services to our families, friends and neighbors—a tradition of caring. The facility is located at 100 Don Desch Drive, Coldwater, OH 45828; 419-678-2311. For additional information please go to http://briarwood-village.com/. 

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 900 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing nearly 90,000 individuals. Many OHCA members also provide a variety of home and community-based services.  OHCA is the largest long-term care association in the state, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American Health Care Association, representing more than 12,000 long-term care facilities nationwide. 

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 850 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing over 80,000 individuals. Many OHCA members also provide a variety of home and community-based services.  OHCA is the largest long-term care association in the state, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American Health Care Association, representing more than 12,000 long-term care facilities nationwide.